Is a premarital agreement a good idea? Under Virginia law, marriage brings certain rights and responsibilities that may not make sense or seem fair to a couple--and they only realize what rights they’ve lost when it’s too late. For instance, spouses may lose the right to claim an inheritance as separate property in a divorce if they don’t know how to properly preserve that right during the marriage. Second marriages or family-owned businesses involve unique considerations of other people who may be impacted by the marriage. Prenuptial agreements ("prenups") help to resolve and protect important interests before they might be irrevocably changed by marriage.
There are specific limits to the contents of a premarital agreement under Virginia law, so it is important to work with knowledgeable counsel to make sure the agreement protects your interests while remaining enforceable. The attorneys at Mullett Dove & Bradley Family Law, PLLC have worked with many clients on crafting prenuptial agreements that help a marriage get off to a good start. Contact us to set up a consultation for your premarital agreement ("prenup") needs.